Arkansas Crime

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1:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Death Row Inmate Dies At Malvern Hospital

Prison officials say an Arkansas death row inmate has died at a hospital after falling ill.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 61-year-old Joe Louis Dansby died Monday night at a Malvern hospital. Wilson says Dansby had been ill for much of the past year and was being housed at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit medical facility.

Wilson says Dansby was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Monday night because of vomiting and difficulty breathing. He was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Local & Regional News
10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Resentencing Trial Begins In Death Row Case

Jury selection is underway for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Frank Williams was sentenced to die for the 1992 death of farmer Clyde Smith in Lafayette County. But the high court ordered a new sentencing in 2011, citing problems in the original sentencing in 1993.

This week's sentencing trial was moved to Miller County from Lafayette County because of pretrial publicity.

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Local & Regional News
1:06 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Pulaski County Jail To Close Again To All But The Most Violent Offenders

Credit www.pcso.org

The Pulaski County Jail is again being closed because of overcrowding, with only the most violent offenders to be taken in.

Sheriff Doc Holladay says as of Monday morning, 1,281 inmates were being held, which is 71 over capacity.

“Looking ahead over the next few days with the long holiday weekend coming, it is quite clear that our population is going to continue to grow unless we took some steps to limit access to the facility. Unfortunately the only way we can do that is close the facility to only violent felons,” Holladay said.

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Local & Regional News
11:32 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Little Rock Extends Hours For 311 Non-Emergency Line For Fireworks Calls

The city of Little Rock says it's extending the hours of its non-emergency line so residents can report the illegal use of fireworks.

The city said Monday that its 311 non-emergency line will have extended hours Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until midnight. The city is asking residents to either call 311 or the police department's non-emergency line to report fireworks, rather than dialing 911.

The use of fireworks is outlawed within Little Rock city limits.

Local & Regional News
4:09 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Convicted Arkansas Killer Remains On The Loose After Six Days

Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

A convicted killer who walked away from a work assignment at a prison in Pine Bluff remains on the loose after six days.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson said Friday that 47-year-old Timothy Buffington is still at large.

Wilson says Buffington was doing yard and janitorial work at a house on the prison grounds - but outside the secure area - on Saturday when he broke into the house and took a shotgun and ammunition before disappearing. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Local & Regional News
11:07 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Bid For New Death Penalty Hearing

Terrick Nooner
Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Arkansas' highest court has denied a bid to reopen the case of a death row inmate convicted of a 1993 killing at a Little Rock laundry.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Terrick Nooner's request to vacate his death sentence and order a new sentencing hearing in his capital murder conviction for the killing of Scot Stobaugh.

Nooner's attorneys had argued for the new sentencing hearing on grounds the jury didn't consider evidence that he had a troubled childhood.

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Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Report: Conway Suspect Not Mentally Fit For Trial

A report from an Arkansas State Hospital psychologist has found that a man accused of shooting a woman in a Conway Wal-Mart is mentally unfit to stand trial.

A judge had ordered the mental evaluation for 30-year-old Myron Terrell, who is charged with attempted capital murder in the shooting that wounded a customer at the store. Authorities say Terrell was a maintenance worker at the store and he opened fire on the woman as she stood in the checkout line.

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Local & Regional News
11:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Escaped Arkansas Inmate Stole Shotgun, State Says

Timothy Buffington
Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Arkansas prison officials say a convicted murderer who escaped custody stole a shotgun from a house on prison grounds.

The search continues Tuesday for Timothy Buffington, who's been missing since Saturday. He had trusty status at the Pine Bluff Unit that allowed him to do work without constant supervision.

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Local & Regional News
10:56 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Judge Sets Trial In Conway Police Officer's Death

Mug shot of Barry Strickland after his arrest in January 2013.
Credit Faulkner Co. Sheriff's Office

A judge has scheduled a December trial for a Bald Knob man charged with battery and driving while intoxicated in a traffic wreck that killed a Conway police officer.

Barry Strickland appeared in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday. He's charged in connection with the January 2013 death of Officer William McGary, who was struck and killed while directing traffic.

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Charles Clawson scheduled a Dec. 2 jury trial, though defense attorneys are asking for a change of venue.

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Local & Regional News
2:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ex-County Judge Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charge

A former Ouachita County judge has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge involving a Federal Emergency Management Agency contract to clean up debris following October 2009 storms in the county.

Court documents show that James Michael Hesterly entered the plea Wednesday as part of an agreement in which other charges against him were dropped.

Hesterly's attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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